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How task achievement and clear deadlines can increase project success

Task-oriented Leadership
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Task-oriented leadership is a behavioral approach that revolves around the proficiency of getting tasks done within set deadlines. This can be effective in industries where a high standard of quality is also required.

The only focus in this style of leadership is the end-goal and achieving success by reaching it. However, this means that leaders can be prone to overlook their employee's well-being and happiness, focusing instead on efficiency and requirements.

The ability to understand the resources required, delegate and split work accordingly, while also prioritizing effectively, are core components of task-oriented leadership. Roles which provide employees with clear structure and management are ideal for this style of leadership.

What does a higher score mean?

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You have a goal-oriented and task-oriented leadership style. You can be trusted to always achieve the tasks and goals assigned to your team and meet KPI’s effectively, whilst not compromising quality. By not addressing employee needs however you may not be leveraging total engagement of your teams.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not task-oriented and prefer to look after the needs of the employee over the needs of the task or goal. You do not necessarily see the task being completed at the end goal but rather bring others on the journey with you.

To nurture your Task-oriented Leadership:

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Ensure you have clear and defined deadlines and goals for your role. Knowing what you have to deliver and when, as well as to what quality is crucial to being an effective leader with this leadership style. While it is important to achieve goals, create a method for checking in with employees to reduce burnout or increased stress in the workplace.

The only focus in this style of leadership is the end-goal and achieving success by reaching it. However, this means that leaders can be prone to overlook their employee's well-being and happiness, focusing instead on efficiency and requirements.

The ability to understand the resources required, delegate and split work accordingly, while also prioritizing effectively, are core components of task-oriented leadership. Roles in which employees need structure and management are ideal for this style of leadership.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you have clear guidelines for your role?
  • Are there clear KPI’s for your team?
  • Are their like-minded people on your team?
  • Have you created a feedback loop to ensure health and wellbeing?

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